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break Room / Re: The Status Of Our Fellow Raiders
« on: February 27, 2024, 01:39:30 PM »
Try to think of it as a future thing to look forward to. I know when I lived alone and was single, I definitely had those nights and days of longing. But I knew deep down that I was still figuring myself out. And although you never really stop learning who you are, there comes a time when you realize you know enough about yourself that you're ready and able to present the real you to other people.

break Room / Re: The Status Of Our Fellow Raiders
« on: February 26, 2024, 11:08:41 AM »
I definitely advocate for learning who you actually are by living alone for a while. It gives you the opportunity to really define who you are. The key is to not let it get to your heard too much. You don't want a time of self discovery not turn into a time of seclusion and paranoid isolation. So don't neglect the social life during this time.

Manga Talk / Re: Japan's first script writing competition
« on: February 14, 2024, 12:19:48 PM »
Congratulations on getting your submission in Op! Good luck!

General Manga writer discussions / Re: Writing Log
« on: February 14, 2024, 12:18:01 PM »
Yeah, I definitely feel that pain. Getting on a schedule is by far the best way to get anything done these days when free time is very much limited  :push:

Thanks for the reminder. Screw it, I'm setting up a repeating appointment on my calendar for Sunday writing sessions again.

Hard agreement with everything Suuper said. Going back to something you mentioned though, I'd warn against the AI art. It may feel like the only way forward, but relying on something like that gives the impression that you're searching for the easy way out, and friends, no one wants to work with someone who takes that approach.

That being said, good luck finding someone. But if you're ever trying to decide between AI and just buckling up and sucking at backgrounds until you get better, I advise the latter. The people reading will appreciate not more.

MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2024
« on: January 23, 2024, 01:32:01 PM »
It definitely helps engagement. Honestly the main flaw I personally (and I'm sure others) fell into was that it's easy to let the fun side project turn into the main project, while your other works just languish. It's the main reason I put down War Arc.

MR Pub / Re: Chit Chat 2024
« on: January 16, 2024, 11:25:46 AM »
MR canon definitely took the ride from silly, to serious, back to silly, then serious again. There's seriously nothing stopping you from writing anything you want though. Past stories are definitely worth reading the synopses of, but it could definitely do with a more lighthearted take than our most recent War Arc endeavor, lol.

I'm guilty of writing members without the best grasp on their style. There's a balancing act there, since most of us don't have the verbal quirks of a fictional character (who saw that coming?), so you sometimes just have to try your best because you want to include yiur friends in the silly story you're writing.

MR Pub / Chit Chat 2024
« on: January 06, 2024, 08:33:22 PM »
The chit chat topic is dead. Long live the chit chat topic.

break Room / Re: The Status Of Our Fellow Raiders
« on: January 06, 2024, 08:32:07 PM »
Sounds like a rough time Indigo, but I hope 2024 will bring a renewed spirit to everything you have going on.

break Room / Re: The Status Of Our Fellow Raiders
« on: December 03, 2023, 08:11:26 PM »
Yeah, it's always ups and downs. I'm up 10 lbs this year (due to family stress I won't get into), but now the new year is coming and it's a new start. I gotta shed what I've gained and get back into the routine.

break Room / Re: The Status Of Our Fellow Raiders
« on: November 19, 2023, 04:04:02 PM »
MR will always be MR as long as old farts like me show up on occasion, lol

break Room / Re: The Status Of Our Fellow Raiders
« on: October 25, 2023, 11:03:17 AM »
Nabe! Long time no see.

Glad you're still willing to write, even when life gets busy. How has the last near decade been?

break Room / Re: The Status Of Our Fellow Raiders
« on: October 23, 2023, 09:40:09 AM »
Glad your goals are going well Suuper (especially that running distance)!

I've been super busy working on the house myself. Been staining my deck and railings trying to get ahead of the rain that's about to hit us after so many months of drought. Funny how I'm still going to fall a little short, lol.

Jacked my ankle up a bit I'm afraid, so leg days and my running game have definitely suffered, but I'm making progress at the gym all the same. That and several kitchen projects of mine are moving along well (sourdough bread is definitely still a challenge, but it's edible now)!

Got some good writing done. Working up a Dune AITI game while laying out the skeleton of my next book. I also wrote a personal collection of thoughts while I was at it which I think I mentioned elsewhere.

All in all, life aint bad, just busy, lol. I am working to have a consistent reading schedule again though which always sets me in a good mindset.

General Manga writer discussions / Re: Writing Log
« on: October 03, 2023, 11:52:42 AM »
A worthy goal Suuper. I hope it goes well for you.

I'm still doing outline stuff myself. I'm at a slight impasse, but I'm sticking to a piece of Neil Gaiman advice which is simply asking yourself "what happens next?". It's keeping me moving forward, so even if I don't know if what I'm saying happens will happen in the final product, it's giving me the drive to keep putting words on the page.

I also spent some time working on a non-fiction piece, so to speak. Sort of a pseudo-autobiographical listing of ideas and concepts which I adhere to in life, along with some personal practices. It's really only for me, but it was really helpful in expressing some ideas I've had floating in my head for years but never really put into words. It was an affirmational experience, and will never be shared outright, but it was a nice way to sort of clear the mind. And don't worry, it's far more personal journal than manifesto, lol. I'm not high on my own idea supply here.

Ah, grocery store, the meat manager thing makes more sense now, lol

As you said, it's the bones, and those aren't bad. The advice I will give though (and what I see lacking in your description), is that you need to make sure that both main love interests have agency in falling in love. You talk a lot about what Jin wants and what he's going through, but not a single word about Abigail's desires or perspective on the situation.

What separates good romance from bad is just that. A woman is not a prize to be won from playing your cards right. The woman needs to have just as much character and say in how things progress. That being said, even if you're setting up Jin to be a deelpy flawed character who doesn't notice or care what Abigail wants, you still need the reader to know her feelings to we can put Jin's behavior in the proper context. And maybe you don't want Jin to be a flawed character in that way, but no matter how things play out, the love interest and the protagonist need to be on the same detail level, or else you fall into the old tropes where the other person is simply a prize give  to the protagonist for no reason that would make sense in a real life context.

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